UCC Trampoline retain Intervarsity title.
By Jess Farrelly
UCC Trampoline are the Intervarsities Champions for the 3rd year in a row. The 3-day event took place last weekend hosted by University of Limerick. It was another very successful competition, for a club which had gone from strength to strength in recent years and which has seen club travel to all corners of the country. This year’s Intervarsities brought the club to Limerick where colleges from all over Ireland attended including the University of Limerick, DCU, UCD, Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth University and Queens University Belfast.
The competition consisted of many different apparatuses including Trampoline which consists of 2 routines of 10 consecutive moves. There are 6 levels from Novice right up to Elite Pro where competitors must do 10 different somersaults in a row, each with different shapes, twists and rotations. A Double Mini Trampoline (DMT) pass consists of 2 moves, 1 mount skill and 1 dismount skill. Tumbling is where moves are performed on the floor which is unusual for a club that spends most of their time in the air. This consists of a run up followed by a series of somersaults, backflips, handsprings and all sorts of twists.
Another interesting event competed at the weekend is Synchro, where two gymnasts perform the same routine side by side on two adjacent trampolines and believe it or not, it is much more difficult than it sounds. A special mention to Donnacha Kavanagh & Sean Horgan, and also Shane Roberts & Cian Scully whose amazing synchro routines earned them 1st place in Lower Level and Higher Level respectively. One of the most enjoyable events of the weekend is often Synchro Roulette. The same rules as Synchro apply with one very significant difference. Instead of choosing a partner, competitors are randomly assigned a partner from any of the clubs across the competition and only given a few minutes to practise. Although the routines may not always go very well it is a lot of fun and a great way to make friends in other clubs. The final event of the day is called Two-Trick and it is as straightforward as it sounds. Gymnasts compete their 2 most impressive skills on trampoline, often with countless twists rotations and crash outs. Two of UCC’s brave members, Shane Roberts and Sean Higgins stepped up to show us what they got, and they put on a great show!
UCC sent 32 club members to Limerick and returned with 23 medals; 12 gold, 5 silver, and 6 bronze, and of course the Intervarsities Title for the 3rd year in a row. A special congratulations to Katharina Poller, Brian Buckley, and Madison Bick, who all won gold in their individual Trampoline category.